Yale researchers’ new technique allows them to measure electrical activity in a living neuron

Yale researchers have discovered a new technique that allows them to measure electrical activity of genetically-targeted sets of neurons in a living organism, a prerequisite for understanding the complex language of the brain. The technique, described in the Aug. 8 issue of the journal Cell, involves inserting fluorescent proteins in neurons of a fruitfly that responds to changes in electrical signals and are recorded by optical sensors. “We hope that one day we will be able compare electrical activity in healthy individuals and those suffering pathological conditions,” said Michael Nitabach, associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology and of genetics and author of the paper. Read the article about this work.